Back to 2002 when Mark Zuckerberg still becomes an awesome tech person in this history. He and three of his classmates — Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz created Facemash in his second year when he studied psychology at Harvard. The website was set up as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two student pictures side-by-side and let them decide who was hot or not. This is how Facebook embryo was created incidentally before he launched theFacebook in 2004 and copied most of features from Snapchat in 2016.
The same story comes from Cupertino in 1976 when Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple in a residential garage. According to Steve Jobs biography that I read written by Walter Isaacson, Wozniak was born in 1950 and Steve Jobs is in 1955 but they have a bunches of similarity each other. Wozniak grew up as a really self-talented electrical hobbyist. His father, Francis Jacob Wozniak is an electrical engineer graduate from California Technology Institute. In the other side, Steve Jobs grew up with his adoptive father Paul Jobs which is a mechanic. Even though he doesn’t like mechanical stuff. Jobs love electronics, he did some pranks with his love with electronics. Jobs and Wozniak have been become a friend for a long time before they build a blue box. Wozniak is a guy who did a lot of pranks too with electronics. In 1972 on one occasion Wozniak dialed Vatican City and identified himself as Henry Kissinger and asked to speak to the Pope (who was sleeping at the time) with a device they called Blue Box. With this device, they are able to enter operator mode so they can make a long distance call for free. This is the first product before they created Apple Computer in 1976.
But the idea is I don’t think Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak did all of that stuff because they want to create a company, even Mark Zuckerberg either. They started all of the business without expecting to be a company or even to be rich. This is actually what Mark Zuckerberg said when he was interviewed by Y Combinator President Sam Altman a couple of weeks ago.
The entrepreneurs should do is pick something they care about, work on it, but don’t actually commit to turning it into a company until it’s working. If you look the data of the very best company that ever got built, there is a tremendous percentage of them have been built in that way and not from the people who decide at the front that they want to start a company. Because you can just lock in some local minimal all of the time or local maximum.
The one thing that makes a different between today entrepreneur and these big name has they started company not because they want to, it’s just because they need to. The project that they create was incidentally like by a bunch of people. But the most important thing that they had at that time is the solid motivation because they love doing it doesn’t matter it was for a prank or just a hobby. After all of those, we should believe and agree that most of the beautiful product in this world was born from hands who built and engraved it with a love and passion for the product itself, not the money behind or even just a a founder or CEO of something that you will have in your LinkedIn profile. If your mission is just to gain your self-esteem and being cocky after that please stop and ask yourself before you burn some investor cash.
This article is dedicated for remembering 5 years Steve Jobs death for all of his passion, innovations, and great mind he had in modern computer industry.
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